Mabry Mill 8
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This is a series of 8 photos of Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed sites in the United States. It is located in Floyd County, Virginia, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Begun in 1903, the mill was completed in 1910, and Edwin Mabry used the property for a blacksmith and wheelwright shop and then as a sawmill and gristmill. Today it is operated by the National Park Service, which presents demonstrations of a variety of crafts.
A nice explanation of how a gristmill works is at www.osv.org/explore_learn/waterpower/grist.html
A more involved article is at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grist_mill
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By David V. Hoffman on 2011-08-21 12:08:46